Director and actor is in the spotlight for inappropriate behaviour.
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12 Oct 2017 - 8:50 AM  UPDATED 12 Oct 2017 - 8:50 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In light of actress Hilarie Burton reviving her claim that Ben Affleck groped her while she was a VJ on MTV's "TRL" in 2003, another bizarre video has resurfaced of the Oscar winner fondling a different TV host.

Footage dating back to 2004 shows the "Batman" actor touching Anne-Marie Losique's breast. She was then a reporter for Montreal's entertainment news show "Box Office."

In the video -- from a press junket for Miramax's 2004 flop "Jersey Girl" -- the TV personality sits on the actor's lap as he asks, "They would like it better if you did this show topless, the station, wouldn't they?"

He then lifts and turns her in his lap so she's facing the camera. "We could do the interview like this," he says, embracing her tightly and nestling his face on her chest. "That's a lovely perfume you have on," he says, repeating an earlier comment.

"You usually show a lot more cleavage than this. What's the story? Why are you covering it up today?" he presses.

When Losique responds that it's "Sunday morning," he insists, "that never stopped you before from getting them ti-ties out. Who you trying to fool, 'Sunday morning'? You could be in church, you should have that rack on display."

He then tells her to work at Fox in L.A.: "You'd blend right in ... Fox L.A., they have a pole that they dance on."

"These breasts are really firm, suspiciously firm ... they are like two giant stones," he adds.

He appears to twist her nipple at one point and ask if she'd like to create a "Janet Jackson" stunt, alluding to the pop star's infamous nipple-slip at the 2004 Super Bowl. "Are you wearing your nipple ring?" he asks.

He later teases, "All you want to do is have sex all the time. You don't want to talk, you don't want to hold me, you don't want to listen. ... I feel used and exploited. I feel undervalued and objectified by you."

Throughout the video, Affleck, who was engaged to Jennifer Lopez from 2002 and 2004, appears to be slurring his speech as Losique giggles in his arms.

Later on in the segment, Affleck makes a joke about disabled people.

"Don't make me look like I am retarded! I look like I have cerebral palsy," he says in a mock French accent. "That maybe offends. We cannot offend -- only in America."

Unlike Burton, Losique has bragged about the encounter in the past. She tweeted on Wednesday about the 13-year-old interview, writing in French, "Crazy day! The U.S. media has gotten back to this moment. More to come."

In a 2001 Los Angeles Times interview -- for an article titled "Aboard the USS Ben Affleck" -- Losique discussed her habit of sitting on Affleck's lap during their numerous interviews.

"It's something that started a long time ago. Now I'm always on his lap," she told them. "I don't have to prepare anything. It's very easy. But I never get to ask him any questions. Never in five years."

Her profile on the site Woo-me also boasts about the star "openly flirting" with her.

"Imposing herself as a television producer, television host or CEO (and sometimes as an actress and singer), Anne-Marie Losique leaves nobody indifferent. Ben Affleck, actor of blockbuster productions such as 'Pearl Harbour' and 'Armageddon,' knows something about it! In the early 2000s, he had succumbed to the charms (and in the generous attributes!) of Anne-Marie who was then hosting the broadcast magazine 'Box-office.' The American star openly flirted with her and had created some funny interviews which are still spoken about to this day."

Losique's sizzle reel for the program showcases all her flirtatious encounters with the actor. She owns the adult entertainment channel Vanessa TV and is the daughter of Serge Losique, the founder and president of the Montreal World Film Festival.

Affleck's reps and Losique did not respond to Variety's request for comment.

 

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